I had heard many years ago that suicides by gun outnumber homicides by gun in the U.S., but I had not seen it in print for so long that I had begun to doubt my memory and my sourcing. The risk to loved ones and myself is one reason I don't keep my .22 rifle, a legacy from my grandfather, in my house.
Here's the approximate breakdown of fatalities (in 2005):
- suicides - 17,000
- criminal homicides - 12,500
- accidents - 900
- putatively righteous shootings, most by cops - 600